Congresswoman Stefanik pushes back on Trump’s Syria decision

Updated: Oct. 17, 2019 at 4:26 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWNY) - North country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is one of many Republicans pushing back on President Trump’s decision to pull troops from Syria. She is also pushing tougher sanctions on Turkey.

Republicans and Democrats agree on something - pulling troops from Syria was not a good move. Wednesday, the house voted on a resolution opposing the troop withdrawal. Stefanik, a Republican, voted in support. It passed.

In a tweet, Stefanik said she is "deeply opposed to the administration's decision."

The decision President Trump stands behind firmly, saying the U.S. has no business in that region.

"I'm not going to get involved in a war between Turkey and Syria," said Mr. Trump.

Stefanik has also joined over 90 other Republican representatives in voting to introduce tough sanctions against Turkey for its attacks against U.S. allied Kurdish forces in Syria, the same troops who fought alongside U.S. troops combating ISIS. Those sanctions would be tougher than the ones already introduced by the president.

Stefanik recently visited Turkey, Afghanistan and the Syrian-Jordanian border to meet with foreign leaders, U.S. security and intelligence officials.

This is what she said shortly after landing in the states: "Part of the briefs we heard were how volatile the region is and making sure that we are not allowing ISIS to continue to grow and I'm fearful that by pulling out U.S. forces that that's not going to be the best policy to combat ISIS."

The situation in Syria remains unclear. Vice President Mike Pence announced a ceasefire, but the Turkish foreign minister said the agreement was a pause in fighting.

We reached out to Stefanik Thursday. She was not available to comment.

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